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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Repurposed sweater fabric stretches when I sew- what am I doing wrong? on: December 26, 2011 07:05:07 PM
Thanks for the suggestions- I will look through my manual on the presser foot, and see if I have a walking foot. I think one came with my machine.... I think....

I am so eager to get sewing!!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Repurposed sweater fabric stretches when I sew- what am I doing wrong? on: December 25, 2011 09:17:54 PM
Hi crafty people,
I have been working with repurposed sweaters- some felted a little, some a lot, some not at all. I do not seem to be able to sew a seem without the fabric stretching and rippling- and changing the look more than I want. I have tried zigzags and straight sticthes, and have played with the width, but I am just not getting it figured out.

Any suggestions or advice?
Thanks- and much appreciated!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Spike is Fangtastic (Img heavy) on: August 11, 2011 08:08:38 PM
wow- I will admit that I do not know who the character is, but this is really amazing.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: spoon rings! yay! on: July 04, 2011 06:49:45 AM
Fabulous- and the stones are perfect for each one.
If you don't mind my asking, how do you shape the spoon? I have never worked with silverware (I wear it rather than work it), but I have wondered how the shaping is accomplished without damaging the pattern.

Gorgeous rings.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Alice in Wonderland Wire wrapped Bamboo Tile Bracelet on: July 04, 2011 06:46:29 AM
Lovely- I do like the copper with it as well.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: RRR challenge 1: sweaters to quirky wrap (pics & pics) on: August 22, 2010 08:58:29 AM
Thanks for the comments and suggestions- I have quite a bit of the purple left so I will see about adding that extra panel. I liked the contrast of the purple drape against the grey, but it would also be nicer if I had a little less curve mucking up my lines....

I also have a marcasite brooch that I would wear with it on the purple drape- as it wasn't part of the reconstruction I didn't add the photo, but I may play around with beads or applique. In my original plan I had intended to make quirky little purple disc flowers from the sweater to add to it, but there's not really a place that they would be featured nicely. Maybe I will reverse and make grey disc flowers on the purple instead.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: RRR Challenge 1 heartbreaker on: August 21, 2010 07:18:29 AM
That is quite a transformation! And you have a most adorable model too!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: anatomy? oh not on me! Dress on: August 21, 2010 06:47:24 AM
Amazing dress- what a find!

Do you have enough of the 2nd t-shirt (looks coral on my screen) to make another band for the bottom? You could add a layer beneath the edge of the skirt rather than overtop like the waistband. Something to match the green in the short would also be sharp, I think.

Excellent job!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / RRR challenge 1: sweaters to quirky wrap (pics & pics) on: August 20, 2010 08:44:36 PM
Hi all,
This was a fun project- my first experiment with making reconstructed clothing, and I learned a few things.
The wrap:

rather than a button, I opted for a kilt pin with a grey tie attached.


This was once two lovely sweaters that I found at the local Women in Need thrift store. Loved the colors, and the sleeves on the grey were beautiful.


Although my final product is nothing at all like it, I was inspired by the incredible work by a Canadian designer (Precocious Environmental Couture- love love love their stuff!). But it introduced new possibilities. I love the idea of reconstructing old clothes into something new, so thought I would experiment.

It has not turned out as I had originally envisioned, but for a first attempt I am pleased with the result. Of course, the sweaters were rather too small for me to begin with and have not magically grown to accommodate my curvy self, but I made an effort to compensate for that with the extra grey panel in the side- and I like the detail that it added.

So- pleased as I am, I welcome comments, crits & suggestions for improved alterations in future!
Thanks for looking!
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Re: Miss Woodhouse on: July 06, 2010 07:45:19 PM
Gracious, Miss Woodhouse- that certainly is a lot of work you have done!

I am a fan of Jane (the original Jane, without the zombie ninjas...) and you have done a really lovely job here. And I love the braids- you are set for halloween!
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